GDPR and Read What I Like

Like many of you, I’ve been inundated with emails from sites and newsletters I follow asking if I wish to still receive emails from them.  It has been a great way to rid myself of unwanted marketing emails that I’m no longer interested in receiving.  Then this morning I started to think about Read What I Like and how the new European law applies to this site.

My eyes quickly glazed over at all the legal crap I needed to wade through and thought forget this.  My site is a hobby not a business and the quickest way to be compliant is to simply not collect information from people.  So here are some changes that are coming to Read What I Like.

You will no longer be able to follow the blog by email

I believe there are only 18 of you anyway, most people follow through their WordPress subscription or one of my social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.  About an hour after this post I will delete all 18 emails that have signed up and if you are interested in continuing to follow the blog you will need to either bookmark the site or follow me another way.

Giveaways will no longer be held

So that I no longer need to be responsible for personal information that needs to be collected in order to hold a giveaway I will not be holding any in the future at Read What I Like.  I have deleted all previous entries at Rafflecopter and through email submission.  Quite frankly my giveaways were not that popular or frequent anyway so I don’t think you will miss them.

Comments

I think Read What I Like is okay on the comments front.  I simply use WordPress’s forms and I believe they have updated the site to make it compliant with the new law.  If upon further research I learn that is not the case the comment section on my posts might disappear.

Review Requests

I have updated the page to explain what I do with your information after you email me.  I am considering deleting this page altogether and stop taking review requests through the blog at all.  I’ve not been accepting them for a year or so now and they request email I receive have really slowed down.  Most of the requests I receive now come from people who have not even visited the site coming from Amazon instead.  So any future changes that need to be made in regards to this will be to that page or the page will simply disappear.

 

I think that will cover most of it if other changes need to be made I will make them.  I don’t want to close the site but I also don’t want to be fined and a book review blog is not worth the threat of litigation.  I’m sure I’m overreacting but better safe than sorry.  For now, I plan to continue to post reviews and book related posts.  I’m sorry if you are one of the 18 email followers affected by the changes I hope you find another way to follow the blog.

Advertisements

Bookish Thoughts: Cross-posting to Goodreads

I’ve decided to change up how I cross-post my reviews to Goodreads, which is the only other place I post my reviews anymore.   I guess I simply don’t see the point of posting the full review to my blog and to Goodreads so I’m going to post a sentence or two along with the link to the full review here on my blog.  It might suck for those that follow me only on Goodreads but if they are truly interested in what I have to say about a given title then they can come see it here.  After all, I have a blog for a reason, I want people to come here to read my reviews.

The publishers might also not be thrilled about this idea as they usually want the reviews posted to multiple places but it has been ages since I posted a review to Barnes and Nobel and even longer since I ventured onto Amazon whose business practices I do not support.  If they are too upset they can simply not approve me for an ARC.  I gave up posting to B&N because it became too tedious to cross-post the reviews for books after they publish.  It was fine for older titles as I could do it at the time I wrote up my review but books that haven’t released yet were not allowed to be posted.  Some books I get months ahead of time and I’ve already written my review and moved on by the time I’m allowed to post my review on their site.  So I stopped. Honestly, anymore I think the only place people go to read what others think about a book they are interested in is Amazon or Goodreads (which is owned by Amazon).

So, that’s all I got.  I just felt the need to explain the change to my Goodreads reviews for those of you that might follow over there.  I’m going to see if there is a way to post a notice on the site for followers there.

Happy Reading.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Book Review

 


A Visit from the Goon SquadBook Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Audiobook

Book Series: N/A

Released: 6/8/2010 by Knopf

Pages: 288 Price:$14.95 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from the library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then as a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend. We plunge into the hidden yearnings and disappointments of her uncle, an art historian stuck in a dead marriage, who travels to Naples to extract Sasha from the city’s demimonde and experiences an epiphany of his own while staring at a sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Museo Nazionale. We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life—divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed-up band in the basement of a suburban house—and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, reveling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardor for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang—who thrived and who faltered—and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou’s far-flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall. 

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both—and escape the merciless progress of time—in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

My Review:

I was in charge of selecting the two Book Talk books for June and July at the library where I work.  Wanting to tie into our Summer Reading Program, which is open to all patrons this year (adults for the first time).  I sought out books that would work well with the theme which is Library’s Rock.  After finishing this book I feel that it works well but am a bit nervous about what the ladies in our reading group will think of it.  A couple of them will love the Rock n’ Roll theme of the book but a few might have issues with the sex, drugs, and swearing in the novel.  The books arrived today so I guess there is no turning back…

Now, onto what I thought of the book.  I’m not sure exactly, the book lost me a little in the middle as I tried to listen to it during a time I couldn’t concentrate.  I didn’t hate it but I don’t think I got it either.  Being told from a new POV each chapter giving a slightly different perspective on different events over the span of years this book follows meant if I didn’t care for a character I only needed to suffer through them for one chapter.  While that was nice in some instances you also have the problem of not being able to become attached and invested in any one character either.  So you need to either be really excited about the overall picture the book is trying to paint or wander through the book wondering what the point of it all is.  I think I fell into the latter group.  I think I get the message the author was trying to give me but by the end, I didn’t really care.

I did like how the story came full circle at the end but listening to the audiobook left me out of the loop for the chapter told in PowerPoint slide as I don’t think it had the same effect being read to you instead of seeing them in person.  I do plan to check out that chapter before the book talk.  I also found the chapter dealing with the concept of evolving language over the years.  How words are adapted over time by each generation that uses them.  This is something that I have noticed working in the library.  The conflict between an older generation that thinks their ownership of language and communication should not be challenged and a younger group that could care less about what they think.

While I’m nervous about the book talk I’m also looking forward to seeing what others in my community think of the book.  Perhaps they will help me see what I missed.  Without further input, however, I’m going to shrug my shoulders and say eh.  I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either and never found myself excited to listen to it.

My Rating: 2 Stars

What I’m Reading Wednesday

This Wednesday I’m Reading.

A Visit from the Goon Squad Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) Weird Chicago

A Visit from the Goon Squad:

Almost finished with this book and I’m still a little nervous about it being the book talk selection next month.  I like it but when I think of all the sex, drugs, and f-bombs and the group of older ladies we have in our discussion group I start to sweat a little.  I hope to finish this up today or tomorrow.  Depends on when I can find a free two hours.

Vampire’s Faith:

Started this last week and I’ve gotten a chapter read and I’m so excited to continue!  I’ve been so busy with housework and gardening that come evening I’m afraid I will fall asleep the second I try to read so I’ve been playing Sims 3 instead.  Tonight I plan to try to get a little further.

Weird Chicago:

I put my other NF book on hold, its review isn’t due until August so I had time to read this interlibrary loan.  We are going to Chicago for an extended getaway and thought it might be fun to learn more about some of the more colorful history of the city.  I also want to listen to The Devil in the White City before we go as we plan to spend a day in Hyde Park where the World’s Fair was held.

Top Ten Tuesday: What’s in a Name

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 May 22: Best Character Names

I’m going to put a spin on this week’s list and pick some of the most challenging or unique characters names from the books that I’ve read.  Most of these I have no clue how to pronounce.

Ten Unique Character Names

  1. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) Elphaba:  I’ve read the book, I’ve seen the musical and I still can’t pronounce the name.
  2. The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) Myfanwy:  Yep I’m not even going to attempt this one.  Listening to the audiobook helped but when the character herself comments on how awkward the name is then perhaps it’s not you.
  3. Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) Xhexania:  Just what the hell.  I don’t even know where to start with this one.  Most of the time Ward simply calls her Xhex but even that is little help to me.  So her name will forever be one I simply read without hearing in my head.  Now Ward has a history of unique spellings for words that become names but this one was the most challenging I could find in her series.
  4. Playing With Fire (Silver Dragons #1) Aisling:  To me this looks like it might be more common name than the others on the list.  Still can’t pronounce it. Sorry.
  5. Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) Reyes:  I’m including Reyes on the list only because I was mispronouncing it in my head through the entire series.  It wasn’t until I started the audiobook that I learned I had it all wrong.
  6. The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1) Arcturus:  I don’t remember much about this character but his name fits the bill for this week’s list.
  7. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Zeitjager:  Ms. Kenyon is ever so helpful and lists her characters in alphabetical order on her website.  There were sever I thought of choosing but this one has two little dots above the a and that always throws me for a loop when trying to pronounce a word.  Other possible contenders were Drakari and Garafyn but I wanted to limit this list to one selection per author.
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Celaena:  Far too many vowels for such a long name…
  9. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2) Gallowglass:  Now this name isn’t necessarily difficult to pronounce but I always thought it an odd name.  Loved the character though.
  10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Hermione:  Thanks to the movies and the general popularity of the Harry Potter books this name has become quite popular.  When I first read the books, however, this name was quite challenging for me.

Another week, another list.  What are some of your favorite or least favorite character names?  Feel free to leave them in the comments or links to your own list.

Monday Morning Check-In: Ugg…

Warning lots of complaining: feel free to skip.

Good Monday morning everyone.  Not going to lie I would love to be still buried deep under the covers fast asleep this morning.  This weekend was nothing but work which started off with me mowing the lawn after work on Friday and going downhill from there to end with me spending Sunday cleaning the house.  Basically, I don’t feel like I had a weekend and would love to do nothing but veg on the couch today playing Sims 3 while listening to an audiobook.  Instead, I have a doctor’s apt this afternoon and three baskets of laundry that won’t get done.   The only upside is that I’m taking my friend Jan with me to town so I should have some great conversations with her.  I’m going to log off now because I’m expecting a phone call soon to see if we still have house insurance because I completely fucked up and forgot to pay it this month…  As soon as I realized I paid over the computer but that might not be good enough.  Seriously, can’t I just stay in bed all day.

After rereading I realized I did nothing but bitch and didn’t talk about reading.  I did make some progress on my audiobook and while I’m enjoying it I’m a little nervous about what the book talk ladies will think of all the sex, drugs, and rock & roll…  Should make for an interesting conversation or a cringe-worthy one

What I’m Reading Wednesday

This Wednesday I’m reading…

A Visit from the Goon Squad Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8) Souls on Earth: Exploring Interplanetary Past Lives

 

A Visit from the Goon Squad:  This is my audiobook selection for the week and the next book we are reading for the book talk at work.  It was my responsibility to pick for June and July with the Summer Reading Program going on I thought it would be nice for the books to fit the theme which is Library’s Rock.  This was a bit challenging to work around given the books available through participating libraries with book sets.  The first title I selected was booked for the year so I went with number two.  I don’t know much about this one except that Goodreads tells me it is music related.  Finger’s crossed it is a good choice.  I have struck out with the two titles I have suggested so far…

Vampire’s Faith:  This is a review request book that requested through Goodreads.  I have only read one page so far so I could count it as having started for this post.  The series used to be finished but I guess the author has more adventures for this world.  I hope I haven’t forgotten too much.

Souls on Earth: Still plugging along.  I try to read a few pages each night before bed but I think that is the wrong strategy for NF.  After a page or two, the words start swimming on the page and I give up and go to sleep.  After a day of working in the garden, I just can’t concentrate on NF.  Maybe I need to read a few pages each morning before I get up as I tend to lounge in bed after taking my pills as I need to wait an hour before eating.  An hour each day and I should have this done in no time.

What Are you reading this Wednesday?

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review

 


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Stuck it out

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

May 15: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Have to be honest with you I hardly ever finish a book I’m not enjoying.  Repeat after me: Life is too short to read bad books.  So I’m not sure how this list is going to go but I will try and find ten titles of books I hated but finished anyway and I seriously doubt that I will be glad I read them anyway…

Ten books that I’m Glad I Finished

  1. The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  I didn’t care for this one and surprised I stuck it out as long as I did.  I didn’t read the last 40 pages but by the end, I just didn’t care anymore.  I’m glad I made it far enough to give it an honest review for the publisher.
  2. Retribution (Dark-Hunter, #19) The next three books I’m glad I read so I know what happened in the series but don’t plan on rereading when I reread their prospective series.
  3. Time Untime (Dark-Hunter #21; Hellchaser, #4; Were-Hunter, #7) See above.
  4. Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) Ditto.
  5. Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) Another book that I’m glad I read to know what happens in the series but the book just didn’t work for me on the whole.  I could have probably skipped this book altogether and not been lost in the series but you don’t know if a book is good or bad until you read it.
  6. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake, #16) This was the final book in the series so I’m glad I read it but it simply didn’t live up to the rest of the series.
  7. Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)  I think you all know how I feel about this book.  This is one book on the list I’m not glad I read… well, that isn’t exactly true.  I’m glad I finished the series but wished I had stopped reading three books back.
  8. Dracula  Not a fan of classics but with all the vampire books I’ve read over the years I’m glad I read the one that started them all.
  9. A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)  This book I’m glad I stuck it out because I ended up so disgusted by the end that I was able to walk away from the series altogether.  I’m done and I don’t care how it all ends.
  10. Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)  Another case of I’m glad I read the book to know what happened in the series but it wasn’t my favorite.

What book that you hated are you glad to have read?

River Marked by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review

 


River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)Book Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #6

Released: 3/1/11 by Ace Books

Pages:  326 Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip – and the pimped-out trailer they’re using – is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached…

Being a different breed of shapeshifter – a walker – Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River – and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil… 

My Review:

It feels like I should be further along in the reread of this series.  Maybe because I am also reread the spin-off series at the same time.  Whatever the reason I find it difficult to believe that this is only book number six.

I originally gave this book only four-stars and I’m not sure why. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. We get to attend Mercy and Adam’s wedding and join them on their honeymoon where of course trouble follows Mercy thanks to some finagling by the Fae.  While I feel that this is the book where Mercy and Adam’s relationship loses its last interest, becoming much tamer in later books, we do get a bit of heat between the lovebirds.

What interested me most about this book was the chance to explore some of the Native American paranormal legends and creatures.  We learn a bit about a side of Mercy that hasn’t been delved into much in earlier books and we get to meet Coyote which was confusing and fascinating at the same time.

I’m going to leave the rating where it is but I do think I probably enjoyed this more the second time read it.  I have the next book already started but then the book eight and nine are not available through my library online.  I choices are to skip the books, read them, or try to get my hands on the audiobooks another way.  I liked book eight but book nine didn’t work that well for me.  I might read books eight and then skip nine.  Or maybe I should reread nine and see if my opinion has changed for that one.  Maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time too.  I have a bit to wait before I need to make up my mind though.

My Rating: 4 Stars